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  1. 12 points
    Ah, the two Davids missed my point but they did hit a sore point - that you can never find what you want to do an apparently simple task. I have an ex HMSO Index book on my desk marked "Where things SHOULD be" - a source of much merriment to one visitor. The reason for my shame which will be obvious when you watch the bit of video I'm about to put up - track down (VERY badly in some cases), absolutely no scenery, not even platforms or ballast! Turn the sound right down, or you'll be deafened - that's me talking behind the (shaky) camera Intro to the JUnction.m4v I forgot to mention what the other bit of double track was - so listen on - Armagh Line.m4v Finally (you'll be relieved to know) where the expensive stuff is kept - mainly hand made (by others) - and YES, it needs a building! Roundhouse.m4v Roundhouse.m4v
  2. 9 points
    As suggested elsewhere, thought it might be a nice idea to share where we do our modelling. Am always interested to see how others do things, so here goes with mine. When we first got married 41 years ago [I was a child bride], my wife and I's first house was a two bed Victorian terrace, though this did have the advantage of a 10x12 cellar, where I built my first layout. We moved to our current house five years later and have been extending and improving it ever since. Initially the railway room was the spare bedroom, which doubled as a study. However, taking an exhibition layout downstairs, through a 180 degree turn soon lost its novelty, while becoming a schools' advisor meant I needed the study for report writing and so on. Hence the current railway room/workshop, which we converted from the former integral garage. While I know I'm very lucky to have this 16x8 space, like most modellers, I'd love to have more - ideally a double garage, so I could have a continuous run, but that aint going to happen. The garage was converted by replacing the flimsy up and over door with secure conservatory doors and an internal access door was added from the hall, along with a radiator off the existing central heating, plus plenty of extra mains sockets. Hence it is warm and dry all year - important in our hobby methinks. The layout is as follows: Along one long wall is the main layout, now called Belmullet, currently being rebuilt from the previous Arigna Town. This sits on [cheap] kitchen units, in which household tools, paints etc are stored, along with drawers for modelling materials. Above are long deep shelves, separated by a rather inconvenient pillar in the middle. Both sets are just over 2m long. on one side is my general railway library: one shelf of magazines [including every MRJ] and another of books. The other half has three shelves: Fintonagh lives on the first [minus fiddle yard], with the 'Irish Library' above, with some of my stock boxes and more on the top shelf, along with facias, pelmets and beams for Fintonagh. Because of that central pillar, there is space behind Belmullet for storing things like trestles and spare sheets of plywood. The end wall has more kitchen base units, but with a worktop above on which sits a range of small tools and containers. Above these are shelves and a display case for some of my models. Some of the shelves hold files of modelling info, plus things like storage boxes for small items, paint brushes and the like. The other long wall also has base units, but not as many as this is my main workbench space, while a larder freezer also lives here. You'll see there are more shelves for odds and end above, with a range of containers for plastic strip, wire etc on the workbench, on which also sits my pillar drill. So, there we are. It probably needs a bit of a spring clean and clear out, to free up cupboard space, but currently our recycling centre is closed, so that job will have to wait. By and large, everything fits in well. However, problems arise whenever I want to move things around, as stuff then need to go elsewhere while I do, which doesn't always go down well with the 'domestic authority'! Oh yes, that is a bath panel you can see - it is not just a modeller's workshop, other stuff has to be done here too.
  3. 6 points
    Proof that not only is a model railway never finished, but in this case - barely started! My model railway philosophy is exactly that of the late Drew Donaldson - have stock, run the trains to timetable and to heck with scenery. I like to run trains and over the last quarter century I have built up a considerable loco fleet (mainly steam, although I have supported others in their diesel activities), about twenty GNR mahogany coaches and (I have no idea really) about a hundred Irish goods wagons - the reason I started Provincial Wagons was that I needed goods stock. So, this is NOT for the lovers of layouts (believe me, I admire their work, but it's beyond me) - it's for running my trains! First its home - my loft - converted eight years ago - gives a whole new meaning to clutter (I still have hundreds of Star Wars figures belonging to my boys, endless suitcases, boxes of books I saved in case I ever got a chance to read them) and shows what a nightmare modern house roof beams are to the would-be modeller. At the far end you can see the original Richhill GNR(I) cabin diagram with the station below it - well - the correct track layout is there. Portadown station (again, more or less the correct track layout and nothing else - not even platforms) is to the right under the eaves. There is a bit of running line on the left side with loops off each line and the actual Junction, roundhouse, goods yard are behind me. You can see my desk in the middle of the floor - it should be for modelling, but apart from a couple of clamps, useful for cutting rail etc, that's the limit of activity there. The Provincial Wagons stock drawers just to the right of it. I put this up in shame, in the hope that if I live through this dreadful virus, some progress will have been made.
  4. 6 points
    One of Mr Bulleid’s triangulated underframes. Suppose I’d better put something on it but am just liking its shininess for now!
  5. 6 points
    NEW ONE-PIECE CIE CONTAINER AND RELAUNCHING THE SKELETON Previously, I produced a 1970s CIE 27101 series Skeleton Flat for 20 foot containers. Normally some lead shot is imbedded in the resin at casting time, but it caused some issues with the flanges of the I-section from which the solebar is made. So, we have left out the lead and the result is a much cleaner, more detailed result. There is a price to pay, of course, the resulting wagon is rather light (10g rather than 20g for the “old”) and, I thought, certainly too light to run empty – solution – well, run it “full” that is with a 20ft container astride it. To overcome this and also to provide a different heavier version of my CIE 20ft container, I asked Michael to produce a one-piece container – so no building to do, just undercoat and paint it, then add the transfers. The new container is 30g, an increase from the kit-built one (20g), so provides nice ballast for the new skeleton. See photos below. Not the correct colour of course, simply used to show the detail to advantage. In the event, as I'll show in a video in my next post - the skeleton runs well even unloaded, at least at reasonable speed on my iffy track! If you prefer an even heavier 20ft container flat, I also offer the flat with a floor (in effect the chassis of the double beet wagon – which used the earlier 26xxx container flats. Flat, or skeleton kit £22 post paid One piece container £11 postage extra Either wagon plus the container £32 post paid The two versions of the flat together, with a new container in undercoat and a finished container This a chunky container! But retains the detail of the earlier kit-built container
  6. 5 points
    This post rightly belongs in 'Services' forum but I can not get that field selected from the drop down list. CAN A MODERATOR PLEASE MOVE THIS TO A MORE APPROPRIATE FORUM. I have very recently purchased an old Triang/Hornby DMU cheap as chips, purely for the motor bogie. This however had the old 'Super 4' chunky wheels. To get replacement wheels I tried contacting a couple of parties that were recommended to me, but none even replied. Then I saw this guy advertising in the 'Railway Modeller'. Dave Good, trading as "Scalespeed", 32 Goldfinch Lane, Lee on Solent, Hants PO13 8LN. His website is www.scalespeed.co.uk. I sent him all four of my T/H DMU power bogies. For about £25 (including P&P) each, all now have Code 100 wheels, have been re-magnatized, re-brushed, cleaned, etc. and he also fitted extra wires to allow electrical pickup from another bogie. Two of them power my two BUT sets, the other two are headed for an MPD and a Class 70 projects which are under way. He does a big range of motor refurbishment. Turnaround time was about five days. I can not recommend Dave's services highly enough.
  7. 5 points
    The promised video of the shunt! Again, turn the sound down!!!!! Shunting test.m4v
  8. 5 points
    I don't have a layout or dedicated room, so this is the workbench. I have storage and another room for the more workshop type of tools. The 3D printer also lives in the workshop.
  9. 4 points
  10. 4 points
    Castlegregory Junction 1939, two weeks before the branch closed and the main line became goods only. A daily goods train would pass through until 1947, and thereafter just the monthly cattle train until the main line closed in 1953. On the left the branch train (which Senior travelled on) has come to a halt. It awaits the onward train from Dingle to Tralee, which will come in from behind (!) the photographer; the picture is looking towards Tralee. The train has from left, passenger brake van, cattle truck, two covered vans, 1st / 3rd composite, and loco. This is one of Senior’s earlier photos. Sadly, during his earliest travels e.g. Harcourt St to Bray in DSER days, he didn’t have a camera.....!
  11. 3 points
    I work away from home so have 2 modelling areas. The layout in the attic at home and a desk in my accommodation at work. The layout started by accident. I had just completed my second tour of Afghanistan and had a then new MM 201 and nowhere to run it. The intention was a small 8x4 just to run it and a couple of the MK 2s. Instead I ended up getting carried away and converted part of the attic and built a pear shaped layout. It's pear shaped because it's wider at one end than it is at the other and not because I made a hames of it. Maybe getting carried away was therapy after 4 hectic years including 2 tours in Helmand, 2 arduous promotion courses and 2 stints in Kenya. I remember working late one night putting the floor in, not realising the time and looking at my phone at 2 in the morning with several messages wishing me a Happy New Year. The layout is based on various places around Ireland, the station is Tullamore. Town/canal scene is Mullingar. A scenic scene from the Kerry line. I'm hindered by working away from home. I fly home every 2 weeks for a weekend but don't always get a chance to work on the layout. When I do get longer leave and drive home I make far more progress. My desk at work has a Bachmann MK1 being converted to a weedspray coach alongside a 1/72 Hobbyboss HH60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter. With the current situation I can't go home as we're on standby to help locally but it does mean I have more time to work on ongoing projects such as the weedspray coach. Being a "key worker" I do have slightly more freedom but I'm not ripping the arse out of it. I'm happy to get back to my room and carry on with my modelling. It was slightly awkward earlier when one of the lads upstairs had a "friend" over. I can safely say from the noises I was hearing they weren't practising social distancing. This called for my radio to be turned up. I rarely take pics of my progress but defo have to change this in future.
  12. 3 points
    I do love that workshop David! It’s what I aspire to. Yours is pretty good too Robert. Tonight I’m modelling on the kitchen table which is best option right now. I think we can all find space to do something - even a small project. After all, many of the greats such as Peter Denny managed on a tray with a soldering iron heated in the kitchen stove.......
  13. 3 points
    Some more very basic automation. More required to sort out the headways etc.
  14. 3 points
    Here is a 5 minute video taken at Waterford October 2003 (also includes a short train of bubbles hauled by 148) Video shows fork lift picking up casks using a special attachment and placing them in cages. The 'attachment whatsit' could be removed and the forklift then used to load lorries or wagons as shown. Thinking back I think the railway wagons would be unloaded and then the cages put into the compound where they could then be sorted before loading onto lorries doing the pub rounds. Empties would again make there way back to the compound where cages could be filled before loading back onto wagons to go back to Dublin. The video is aspect 4:3 so double click on the picture for it to play /display correctly otherwise you won't see the bottom bit of the video.
  15. 3 points
    Think we've all been there (and indeed continue to revisit in my case), to a greater or lesser extent, Leslie. My own workshop is close to the limit in terms of storage and accessibility, so every so often, I force myself to have a tidy up and put things away. Trouble is, as soon as you start modelling again, the number of tools and material required grows exponentially in comparison to the task! I call it 'three pin plug syndrome'. After all the years these things have been around, you'd think we could buy one that required, at most, two tools to wire it up. But no. Two, perhaps three different screwdriver heads, wire stripers, pliers and, in my case, usually many rude words because getting the wires to sit neatly is an unbelievable faff! Enough already! Maybe I'll start a thread on 'my workshop', or perhaps one exists already? Either way, we can show how we both empathise with your pain and share ideas of how to make our modelling areas (because by no means everyone has the luxury of a dedicated space) more user friendly.
  16. 3 points
    Perhaps these photos may also help. Kegs were either loaded / unloaded into the cages on trains or else in yards. Vlak.
  17. 3 points
    That was Dingle, he was caught by Dick Mack who was in the local FCA. They allowed him to travel on passed tralee where he was "picked up". JHB they were all different as a result, the one that went to Leitrim 22L had external framing done at Limerick, whereas the one that went to Clare had external panelling. Also that image of Castle is superb! My grandad travelled on it to the Christian Brothers in Tralee. I have a 7mm model of the station building! Yes I know the loco is HO scale before anyone asks my sanity.
  18. 2 points
    The Stan Twice, Hats off to you man.
  19. 2 points
    Nice Vid of poor ol 90 slogging about here
  20. 2 points
    This wagon was 3D printed, sanded and painted - and represents a prototype beet wagon that was mounted on a 20 foot flat wagon. I don't have a spare 20 foot wagon at the moment but here is the body.
  21. 2 points
    Fancy a trip on the Achill line?
  22. 2 points
    I like the sound of that idea, David. I have a corner of the dining room where Rosses Point sits, with cupboards for stock and tools underneath. Any serious work requires temporary possession of the table, and I don’t like cluttering it up for long hours (while I’m at work) with soldering kit whilst the family might want it for other purposes. My wife gets creativity (she works in a variety of mediums) and is very understanding but a soldering bench is not a pretty sight to inflict on her!!Working with plastic card is much easier as that’s much quicker to set up and take down. Much of my modelling requires a psychological self-kicking to get over the inertia of setting up the kit for a few hours work. I do draw comfort from Richard Chown who had similar issues. He’d go to the workshop even when he couldn’t be bothered - saying that he’d leave after twenty minutes if he couldn’t get motivated. Twenty minutes generally got him going!!
  23. 2 points
    The aluminium containers appear to have been used during the 60s for traffic to & from Donegal travelling under Customs Bond through Northern Ireland, both over the ex-GNR line to Strabane and via the ex-GNR Antrim Branch and NCC Main Line to Derry following the closure of the GNR Derry Road. The Aluminium and Guinness containers were transported on 20'-12T capacity-1'wb flat wagons, the flats were fitted with end stanchions and re-classified as ballast wagons during the early 70s. The Aluminium containers were longer than the then standard Irish 16'11" flat wagon and it was necessary to stagger the Guinness containers on the wagons when Belfast and Derry traffic was containerised by the GNR(B) in the late 1950s Ex 25201 series flat re-classified as 24516 series ballast wagon, handbrake wheel broken off.
  24. 2 points
    The 3 tier keg cages/pallets were intended to eliminate/reduce the pilfering of kegs from trains and yards which had been a major problem with the earlier designs of keg containers. A special forklift attachment was used for placing and removing laden kegs in the 3 tier cages, the cages had fixed sides unlike the earlier designs of keg pallet/flats. The 3 tier cages were transported by road between the breweries, rail heads and distribution depots. The Waterford Liner in its final years transported Cider from Clonmel in addition to beer, the cider traffic was transhipped by road between Kilkenny and Clonmel.ts possible that keg cages were increasingly moved by road when IE severely cut back its Keg Liner operations shortly before loosing the traffic in 2006-7? Destinations such as Galway, Sligo and possibly Waterford were served by a combination of rail and road from railheads at Claremorris, Longford and possibly Kilkenny in a hub and spokes operation CIE used heavy duty forklifts rather than container gantries for loading and unloading keg pallets following the introduction on keg pallets in the late 1970s. I don't know if anyone produces a suitable OO Scale foirklift but the Kibri Kalmar heavy duty forklift appears similar to the forklifts used by CIE & IE for handling keg, bagged cement and fertiliser traffic at many railheads https://www.modellbahn-seyfried.de/kibri_h0_kalmar_gabelstapler%2Cpid%2C91043%2Crid%2C539%2Cproduktdetailks.html Larger 25t Capacity forklifts with lifting bales were used for handling ISO Containers at depots like Athlone, Ballinasloe, Tralee that handled reasonably heavy container traffic but did not have a gantry or to provide additional capacity and speed up container handling at larger depots that had gantries.
  25. 2 points
    Nothing if not persistant, shem ! Ok, so here's my "understanding" and am open to correction. The earlier twin stack cages had forklift eyes and could be taken off the 4w wagons if no crane lift were available. There are plenty photos of full and empty half cages scattered around freight yards, as you'll see with 429 in the background. In the second shot, you can see a secondary jig on the lifting boom yoke that clipped on to the cages. In the third shot, you can see it still present up until relatively recently. As for the more modern triple stack cages, I've yet to find a shot of a cage, loaded or empty, idle in a freight yard on the ground. Not my photos, apologies in advance. Awful thursht now... 😛 R.
  26. 1 point
    A, Mountain Man, that's the trouble with brass - it looks so nice that you don't want to cover it up!
  27. 1 point
    Looking good Builled made some interesting things for his time.
  28. 1 point
    Thanks all for the replies lads - food for thought there big time. Always wondered how the 3 tiered cage was unloaded and a great collection of images. I am in your dept, fruits of this thread will be reflected in the future!!!😉
  29. 1 point
    Thanks Jon. I'm in a mind now to send him some of my older Triang/Hornby, Hornby and a Wrenn steam locomotive chassis/motors to him for a similar re-wheel, re-magnetize and good clean up. The refurbished DMU bogies run like a dream, even without the extra bogie pickups wired in.
  30. 1 point
    Hi I would like to know if there is a call for us to open a craft and model shop in waterford or models and trains as we are thinking about this please let us know
  31. 1 point
    Jaysis ......what do they say about listening to the voices in your head! Well at least he didn't say God told him to do it............... I'd say God is quite happy about that as he clearly stated on his facebook page the other day that he is done with us here on Earth, is unavailable for consultation ( sort that coronathing out yourselves kids) and is currently on the other side of the universe working on a much less ambitious project..................he also remained tightlipped about when we might see the 121 class.............................
  32. 1 point
    It's possible that the triple stack cages did go on 'lurries' to Carlow.....
  33. 1 point
    Actually that's the number 2 cab depicted so technically that's not a head code. Would appreciate a view of F3CK on the leading cab when time permits please 🧐
  34. 1 point
    Here are some snaps I took in Sallypark Seamus. They were being removed from trucks with a forklift on the day. Ironically the kegs came from the brewery accross Rice Bridge a less than 5 minute journey. Not sure and I agree with Richie that it was common elsewhere. Looking at the wagon it shows how amazing the IRM model is. Nice to see you back here again Seamus don't stay away so long next time. Rich,
  35. 1 point
    Workbench escapism. Got some more finished today, more CIE 5 plank open wagons on the way. Kadee'd the lot. These will operate on the Ennis to Athenry line visiting Gort. Hopefully will end up with about 10 of these 1960s era wagons when finished. Really enjoying the learning curve with stuff like this. x x
  36. 1 point
    Currently building a Dapol windmill, surpising good for its age especially the brick engraving is still ok. It is based on a 17th century Mill called Pitstone Windmill, I ordered a little 6V motor with gearbox from guess you know where,the package was wiped down before opening and it is glued in situ and will be glued directly to the sails. It is to be wired up to a cradle with 4 x 1.5V batteries should give a nice slow rotation. No sure if there is DCC sound for a windmill yet. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitstone_Windmill I have mucked about with some Scenery and laid some 3mm static grass to test the waters. However I mixed up some 8 and 12mm strands and had a complete failure with them refusing to stand up. I dont often have that problem. I'll hover them up and try again. I know the tree looks shite too but was trying some hedge cuttings. anyhow nice to show the good with the bad every now and then!! I tend to be failing more the successing these days...
  37. 1 point
    Cracking photo! Here's the same loco in OO gauge, as produced by OO Works a few years back. (My model on Colm Flanagan's old layout).
  38. 1 point
    When I was involved with the Downs of Patrick, one 1st April we put the word about that a fish had been found in the water tower, blocking the outlet, and this had been noticed by the fireman who noticed a much reduced flow when he was watering No. 3 prior to a day's shunting or something. Investigation found the fish, which it was reckoned had been dropped by a heron flying overhead which had dropped it, having caught it in the River Quoile moments earlier....! The number of people who believed it would astound you....... Then there was the new livery for E421.....
  39. 1 point
    Last bit of work done before the clubrooms closed last week:
  40. 1 point
    The prat in the middle is now in a Concentration Camp for giving his Heil with the wrong arm. Keeping happy in my Third Age.
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  42. 1 point
    The rest of the track laying is done, just awaiting some more dcc point decoders. They are out for delivery so will make a start on those when they arrive.
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  44. 1 point
    Castlegregory, 1939 (c. H C A Beaumont) jhb171Senior went there two weeks before it closed. Travelled one way on the loco, carriage the other way.
  45. 1 point
    I have the two original carriage plates from 22L..it was rebuilt by CIE in its final condition (attached). Also some other T&D bits, my collection has grown though!
  46. 1 point
    Love those H-Vans. Thousands of them transported goods around Ireland for many decades. Come on IRM you produced stunning modern era wagons, how about some H-Vans and Bulleid open wagons both the core of Irish goods traffic for over 50 years.
  47. 1 point
    Another one common in the 1970's 30' Irish Ferryways can be seen in the background here
  48. 1 point
    Thanks for posting these photos again John, I believe you put them up previously on the old site. The insulated container is of particular interest to me. They were frequently seen in Tralee in the seventies and I believed they were used to ship product from the Dennys factory in town. Does anyone know of a suitable container to model them? They appear to be 8 foot tall. The photo below shows my version of a keg swap body on a container flat. It was built from styrene and the kegs are short lengths of wooden down glued together and pained silver. The flat is adapted from a Dapol Prestwin chassis. The buffers are from Dart Castings and some styrene rectangles were applied to the solebar to better represent the prototype.
  49. 0 points
    Does it include alternative names and numbers for Paddy (Shannonvale horse), Dick (Fintona tram horse) and Shergar?
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